The Cougars were beaten on the boards and by a relentless Saratoga defense in a road loss. San Mateo ran out to a lead and finished strong in a 56-26 victory over Half Moon Bay on Thursday.

It was the first loss of the season for the girls team.

Girls varsity soccer

San Mateo 3

Half Moon Bay 0

The Half Moon Bay girls lost in a competitive match that was not indicative of the score.

The deciding factor was a couple of unlucky goals and a penalty kick. The midfield of Janelle Harris, Morgan Day and Rachel Rodriques was fun to watch. The backfield showed major improvements over the last two matches with Abby McCauley, Veronica Krieger and Brianna Marshall rotating in at the center-back positions.

Dec. 12

Girls varsity basketball

Half Moon Bay 47

Alma Heights 17

The Cougars improved to 5-0 on the strength of a 13-0 run in the third quarter. Half Moon Bay outscored the opposition 31-4 in the second half.

Boys varsity basketball

Half Moon Bay 62

Scotts Valley 40

Half Moon Bay defeated Scotts Valley to cap a tripleheader at the new Cabrillo Events Center. The home team got out to a comfortable lead in the first quarter behind the hot hand of Senior Sam Treanor who had 11 first quarter points on 4 of 5 shooting.

The Cougars return to action after Christmas with the Santa Cruz tournament.

Girls varsity soccer

Sequoia 3

Half Moon Bay 0

The Cougars challenged Sequoia, but ultimately struggled to score and overcome an early deficit brought on by two goals in the first few minutes.

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